Archive for November, 2010

MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES SHOULD BE AWARE OF 2011 CHANGES

SOURCE: www.ins.state.ny.us Open Enrollment for Senior Citizens Underway Through Dec. 31 If you’re a senior citizen who relies on Medicare, the New York State Insurance Department says that you should be aware of changes for 2011 which may affect your health care benefits. “Open enrollment is underway. In most cases, seniors who want to change […]

Fact Sheet: Cutting the Deficit by Freezing Federal Employee Pay

SOURCE: www.whitehouse.gov Because of the irresponsibility of the past decade, the President inherited a $1.3 trillion projected deficit upon taking office and an economic crisis that threatened to put the nation into a second Great Depression. He moved quickly to get the economy moving again. Now, the economy is growing, and we have gained private […]

VA Testing Quicker Ways to Access Medical Records

SOURCE: www.va.gov WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working to significantly reduce the average time needed to obtain health-care records from private physicians with the help of a private contractor and the Internet to speed claims decisions. “Innovations that will speed, simplify or improve our services to Veterans are receiving rigorous tests […]

US Labor Department proposes rule to enhance target date retirement fund disclosures

SOURCE: www.dol.gov WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced a proposed rule that will help America’s workers better understand target date retirement funds and other similar investments offered in 401(k)-type pension plans. The proposed rule would amend the “qualified default investment alternative regulation” and the “participant-level disclosure regulation” to […]

Third-party retirement plan administrator sentenced for false statement on Form 5500, following US Labor Department investigation

SOURCE: www.dol.gov PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration today announced that the owner of Philadelphia Pension Planning Corp., formerly located in Montgomery County, Pa., was sentenced to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $715,228.79 to the Bustleton Landscaping Co. Inc. Profit Sharing […]

US Department of Labor announces grant exceeding $517,000 to provide Utah workers with health insurance payments

SOURCE: www.dol.gov WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $517,197 grant to provide an estimated 210 jobless workers in Utah with partial premium payments for health insurance coverage. “The challenges associated with a job search are daunting enough without worrying about a lack of health insurance if you or a family member […]

Affordable Care Act bolsters the primary care workforce in medically underserved communities

SOURCE: www.hhs.gov $290 Million in new funding for the National Health Service Corps will help primary care clinicians repay student loans while serving communities HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the launch of the new application cycle for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program, during a visit to Total Health Care, a community […]

VA’s Expanded Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic Open for Business

SOURCE: www.va.gov Expansion Makes Fort Worth the Largest VA Clinic Nationwide WASHINGTON – The expanded Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic is open for business at its new location at 2201 Southeast Loop 820, south of downtown Fort Worth. It is now the largest VA outpatient clinic in the nation. The 239,000 square-foot clinic is more than […]

Director Berry, Secretary Donovan and Federal Human Capital Officers Mark Progress in Implementing Hiring Reform

SOURCE: www.opm.gov Dramatic Movement Made in Overhauling How the Federal Government Hires Its Workforce Washington, DC – Today, representatives from across the Federal government gathered at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to share their stories as to how Federal agencies have successfully overcome barriers in order to implement hiring reform within the […]

Akaka holds hearing on Integrated VA/DoD Disability Evaluation System

SOURCE: akaka.senate.gov Washington, D.C.- U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, held an oversight hearing today on the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).  This evaluation system, recently tested as a pilot program, is a collaborative effort between VA and DoD to streamline […]